Why Music Matters

Access to musical instruments and instruction isn’t a luxury – it’s a vital part of the well-rounded, vibrant education every child deserves.


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Music fosters self-expression and self‑discovery in young people, creates community and drives positive social change.


Music Education:


Prepares students to learn

  • Enhances fine motor skills
  • Prepares the brain for achievement
  • Fosters superior working memory
  • Cultivates better thinking skills

Facilitates student academic achievement

  • Improves recall and retention of verbal information
  • Advances math achievement
  • Boosts reading and English Language Arts (ELA) skills
  • Improves average SAT scores

Develops the creative capacities for lifelong success

  • Sharpens student attentiveness
  • Strengthens perseverance
  • Equips students to be creative
  • Supports better study habits and self-esteem

Credit: Arts Education Partnership, Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed, Washington, D.C., September 2011.

About Arts Education Partnership (AEP):

AEP is a national network of organizations dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research, policy and practice. A center within Denver-based Education Commission of the States, AEP is established through a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. AEP’s vison is that every student in America succeeds in school, work and life as a result of a high-quality education in and through the arts. www.aep-arts.org